attorney, educator, was born Jesse Nealand Stone Jr. in Gibsland, Louisiana, Bienville Parish, son of Jesse Nealand Stone Sr. and Ola King Stone. His father was an educator in African American schools during the period of segregation in Webster Parish, where the family moved after the birth of their son. As a boy in Louisiana, Stone had witnessed an African American man tied to a tree and whipped nearly to death by a group of white men. He attended Webster High School in Minden, Louisiana, and upon graduating enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a historically black university, where he earned his undergraduate degree. Subsequently, he enrolled at the Southern University School of Law, established in 1947, where in 1950 he was among six students in the first ever graduating class from the university s law school Also among notable graduates of the ...
SaFiya D. Hoskins
attorney, and college president was born Benner Creswill Turner in Columbus, Georgia, to Dr. Edwin J. Turner and Lila Mae Benner. His father was a respected medical doctor and community leader.
As a child, Turner excelled in the Columbus public school system. Wanting his son to have the best education and a pipeline to Harvard Law School, Dr. Turner sent young Turner to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1919. During his four years at Phillips Academy, Turner excelled athletically and academically. He was a member of the varsity wrestling team where he was noted for wrestling “remarkably well” (Phillips Academy's Pot Pourri, 1923). Turner was also well known and respected for his academic excellence. One year he was voted “class grind” (the hardest worker) by his classmates. During the spring of 1923 Turner graduated from the Classical Department at Phillips Academy with honors ...